North Dakota v. Heydinger
– Regulatory Reform
MN Supreme Court
NFIB joined with Pacific Legal Foundation in this case, arguing that Minnesota’s green energy standards violate the dormant commerce clause. In this case Minnesota’s regulations effectively control out-of-state conduct, in a manner that amounts to extraterritorial regulation.
White v. City of Elk River – Land Use and Property Rights
Minnesota Supreme Court
In this case, small business owner who has run a campground since the 1970s is now being told that she must cease camping activities. In 1983, her city enacted a zoning ordinance that prohibited campgrounds, except if the landowner acquired a conditional use permit from the city. The business owner obtained a conditional use permit in 1984. In 2010, the City revoked its 1984 conditional use and the business owner appealed the decision.
The NFIB Legal Center filed in this case arguing that the campground owner never needed to obtain any permit to continue the same campground operations that it had run since the 1970s. The Minnesota Supreme Court accepted these arguments in ruling in favor of the landowner.
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